Updated on Feb. 9, 2018:
The quarantine at the University’s English Equestrian Farm will continue to be in place for at least the next four-to-six weeks. The two initial horses that tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) on Jan. 25 have now tested negative and are in good health. However, three additional horses have tested positive for the virus. Currently, all of the horses are doing well and are not showing signs of distress.
We want to emphasize that this the “normal” strain of the virus, and not the same strain that caused the death of horses at the farm in 2003.
We continue to work with our faculty and students to follow the biosecurity measures we have in place to reduce the chance of additional horses getting the virus.
As per the University’s strict protocol, the two horses that initially tested positive were immediately isolated from the rest of the horse population and the University reported the case to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
To prevent the spread of the virus, strict regulations and biosecurity measures have been implemented. This protocol includes using proper disinfection and sanitizing practices and monitoring every horse’s temperature.
Classes at the farm are continuing as normal, but no horses can enter or leave the farm until the order is lifted.
The Western Equestrian Farm, located more than five miles from the English Farm, is not under a quarantine. There has been no confirmed cases of EHV-1 at the Western Farm. Nevertheless, we have stopped all traffic of western equestrian students, tack, and equipment to and from the English Farm while the quarantine is in place.
At the University of Findlay, we take the health of our horses very seriously. We abide by strict vaccination policies, and all of the horses at the English Equestrian Farm had already been vaccinated for this virus.
We will continue to take the necessary precautions to protect the health and well-being of all horses, and work with our three staff veterinarians and two veterinarians in our faculty to work to ensure the health of our horses.